Zuma must pay back the money - EFF

2015-01-13 14:26
President Jacob Zuma (File, Sapa)

President Jacob Zuma (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Tuesday.

"In 2015, the EFF will make sure that Jacob Zuma pays back the money as instructed by remedial actions of the public protector," secretary general Godrich Gardee said.

Gardee was addressing the media in Johannesburg after the EFF's central command team met on 11 January.

EFF leader Julius Malema said the EFF would see Zuma at the state-of-the-nation address on 12 February.

"We are not being disruptive," he said. "[Zuma] proved that he doesn't take parliament seriously... These people are playing with South Africans."

Malema said the EFF would force ANC parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete and Zuma to respect the rules.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report stated that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from some of the upgrades at his home and suggested that he pay back some of the money.

On 21 August last year, pandemonium broke out in Parliament when EFF MPs banged on their desks and chanted "pay back the money", in relation to the Nkandla controversy, disrupting Zuma's replies to questions.

At the time, opposition parties expressed dissatisfaction with how Zuma had answered questions related to the R246m spent on security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

In December, the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town lifted sanctions against 20 suspended EFF MPs that had been imposed following the incident.

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